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Yorkshire MEP talks Rotherham at UKIP conference

Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins has opened UKIP's conference in Doncaster with a speech about the child abuse scandal in Rotherham. Our political correspondent Paul Brand is there:

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Nigel Farage: 'I'll write my speech at lunchtime'

Just hours before he addresses Ukip's annual conference, Nigel Farage has revealed he has not yet written his keynote speech.

He told LBC Radio: "I've been so busy this week I haven't yet had time to even sit down and write the speech, that's going to happen at lunchtime. I'll work it out later."

Asked about Ed Miliband's recent conference speech, the Ukip leader said there was not "a great deal of passion, or fire, or belief or connection" in the Labour leader's delivery.

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Farage: Postal voting in the north 'rife with fraud'

Nigel Farage has claimed Labour have overseen the emergence of a fraud-ridden postal voting system in northern English constituencies "which would not be out of place in a country like Zimbabwe".

Nigel Farage will address Ukip activists in Doncaster today. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Writing in the Independent, the Ukip leader says Labour's dominance of northern England "has resulted in the emergence of a postal vote system rife with fraud and intimidation".

Ukip are holding their annual conference today in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster, a move Mr Farage describes as "parking our tanks on a rival party's lawn".

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Ukip poised to take 'a number of seats' in 2015

Ukip could take a number of seats from Labour in next year's general election, research by the University of Nottingham showed.

Vulnerable areas include:

  • Shadow women's minister Gloria de Piero's Ashfield constituency.
  • Retiring veteran Austin Mitchell's Great Grimsby
  • Sarah Champion's Rotherham, where Ukip came second in a recent by-election.
  • And Plymouth North View and Dudley North.
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Ukip try to capture 'blue collar' vote at conference

The UK Independence Party (Ukip) will directly try to capture the "blue collar" vote as they kick off their annual conference later today.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is expected to accuse Labour of failing low-paid workers. Credit: PA

Ukip will outline plans to help low-paid workers by overhauling income and capital gains taxes, and set out reforms for the NHS.

It will also pledge to transform the way military veterans are treated by guaranteeing long-servers a job in the police, border force or prison service when they return to civvy street.

Nigel Farage's party are holding their conference in the town Labour leader Ed Miliband represents, Doncaster.

Mr Farage who will fight South Thanet, Kent, in next May's election, is expected to use his keynote speech this afternoon to make a "full frontal assault" on the Opposition, claiming it has failed the people it was founded to represent.

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Detectives unclear on fatal stab victims last moments

Giovanni Leggieri Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Doncaster say they need to find out what happened to him before he died.

Giovanni Leggieri, 44, died from a single stab wound, on 14 September.

Officers state that Mr Leggieri, who was known as John or Johnny, had shorter hair than shown in the photograph and it had also started to go grey.

Mr Leggieri also had a moustache and is believed to have been living in Doncaster for around four to five months. Prior to this, he lived in West Yorkshire.

Those investigating say they are not seeking anyone in connection with his death, but need to speak to people who saw him the weeks running up to it.

Missing man found safe

Police officers in South Yorkshire who had been searching for a man reported missing say he has been found safe and well.

32-year-old Anthony Fairlamb was found in the Intake area of Doncaster. Officers would like to thank people for their assistance in the search.

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